Contact's pioneering international theatre festival for young people

Contacting the World was delighted to be part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008 and very much enjoyed working with the North West’s other major city.   Contacting the World 2008 took place over 27th July – 2nd August 2008.

With four workshops a day, daily matinee performances and double-bill premieres every evening, the 2008 festival delivered an incredible showcase of true international talent.

To end the festival, CTW2008 joined forces with BrouhahaLiverpool’s pioneering international arts organisation – to create the largest single carnival performance in the UK.

2000 costumed participants, acrobats, musicians, circus performers and street theatre groups collaborated with artists from Greece and Poland in a carnival event based on the Trinidadian clown character ‘Pierriot Grenade’.

The main venues were Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Unity Theatre but the city to came to life as the performers spilled out onto the streets and performed around ‘the suitcases’ at Hope Street. 

Companies involved:

  • Other Side of the Mirror, Poland
  • Creative Arts Team Youth Theatre, USA
  • Phakama, London, UK
  • Al Harah, Palestine
  • Aarohan Theatre, Nepal
  • Evam Youth Forum, India
  • Tiyatro 0.2, Turkey
  • Afro Reggae, Brazil
  • Space 3, Manchester, UK
  • Positive Impact, Liverpool, UK
  • Die Zwiefachen, Germany
  • Barefeet, Zambia
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Project Sponsors

Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 Arts Council England European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture European Year Of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 The British Council
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